Donald Trump is being "very selfish" when it comes to his presidential campaign, and Andrew Card, former chief of staff for President George W. Bush said Thursday that he hasn't been seeing that change in any way since he voiced his reluctance almost two months ago to support the presumptive GOP nominee.
"My fear is that Donald Trump is the head of the narcissist party rather than the head of the Republican Party right now," Card, now the president of Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, told MSNBC. "I think that he's being very selfish."
The party, Card continued, is broadly inclusive and probably now best defined by House Speaker Paul Ryan and his agenda.
"It includes a lot of wonderful people like [Sen.] Kelly Ayotte in New Hampshire and [Sen.] Rob Portman in Ohio," said Card. "We've got wonderful Republican leaders that we should be talking about. Donald Trump cannot win it all by himself, and he should be lifting everybody else to victory, not focusing on the selfish aspects of a Donald Trump [election]."
Card said that he's still giving Trump a chance, but he wants to see him "demonstrate he's a Republican."
He continued that he'll still give Trump a chance, "but he has not earned my confidence right now, and I am ready to work very hard for the Republican Party, especially for the agenda Paul Ryan has put forward."
Card said if Trump asked him for advice, he'd tell him to "have the courage to listen honestly to advice from other people" and to "taste his words before he spits them out."
He said he'd also advise Trump to demonstrate that the election and presidency is not all about him, but "about leading this great country.
Card continued that he would also want Trump to make sure the GOP is "best positioned to have not only a Republican president and a Republican vice president, but a Republican infrastructure that can be supportive in the House and the Senate to provide direction and optimism."
But so far, Card said that Trump "has not demonstrated the broad expectations that we have as Republicans, not only for the Republican Party but more importantly for the united States of America."
He also wants Trump to demonstrate that he understands that the United States has to have relationships with other nations with common interests, as Trump "tends to be a divider, not a uniter," unlike former Presidents Ronald Reagan and both George W. and George H.W. Bush.
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